Seborrheic keratosis

At the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology, patients in the community of New Orleans, LA and the surrounding areas can enjoy treatment for a wide range of conditions that may be cosmetic or medically necessary. Patients who have developed certain skin growths such as seborrheic keratosis seek treatment from our board-certified dermatologist to determine the best solution for their needs.

What is seborrheic keratosis?

When patients visit the practice of Dr. Mary Lupo and Dr. Skylar Souyoul, they are often looking for answers to their specific needs and concerns. Growths that look similar to warts may not actually be warts, which is why an evaluation and proper diagnosis from a board certified dermatologist is necessary for seeing effective and long-lasting treatment. If a noncancerous skin growth appears and has the color of brown, black, or light tan, it may be diagnosed as seborrheic keratosis. Some patients develop these in their later years, and it may just be one or several. This is a growth that is similar to a wart but is harmless and not contagious. However, these elevated scaly surface bumps may be in an area of the body that causes it to become irritated or may be unsightly, which is often when our patients will ask about treatment for removal.

What removal methods are available?

At the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology, our physicians encourage patients to ask about removal options including:
  • ESKATA
  • Freezing
  • Burning
  • Scraping
The newest recommended treatment is that of ESKATA, which uses a special formula of prescription strength hydrogen peroxide of 40% to apply to the growth and a simple pen-like applicator. Over several weeks, the growth will scab and will fall from the skin. The benefit of ESKATA is the ability to remove the growth without having to deal with discoloration that can be left behind when using other methods available.

Which treatment is right for me?

The treatment that is best for a patient will be determined during a consultation appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Mary Lupo was part of the FDA clinical trials for ESKATA and finds this to be the best treatment for most patients. However, the other treatments are still readily available if patients choose to move forward without the hydrogen peroxide service.

Is treatment effective?

Absolutely! Our team is dedicated to ensuring patients have access to the treatment options that will work best for their specific and unique needs. We may encourage patients to consider ESKATA when appropriate and speak to our team about the pros and cons of each option. We want our patients to be educated in the treatments available so they can make a knowledgeable choice for their skin and body.

What can I expect during my appointment?

First, patients are evaluated by our dermatologist to decide what the concern is and how it should be handled. Then, patients speak to their provider about the ways they can treat the problem. Patients often move forward during the same appointment with removal, whether it be freezing, burning, scraping, or the application of our special hydrogen peroxide solution. Patients may also choose their solution based on how long it will take for removal. For example, ESKATA does take several months to completely eliminate the growth.

Schedule your visit with Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Skylar Souyoul today!

At the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology, patients in and around the New Orleans, LA area have access to solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. Contact us today by calling (504) 777-3047 or emailing us at info@drmarylupo.com.

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